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Nov 14, 10:32 AM EST

Police: Dad tried to wake up son left in hot car

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- When Kyle Seitz realized he had left his 15-month-old son in a hot car for hours in July, he shrieked and tried to shake the child awake, according to an arrest warrant.

"Oh, my God," he said, returning Benjamin Seitz to the car so he could take him to Danbury Hospital. The toddler died of hyperthermia, the medical examiner found.

The warrant cites witness accounts and records from July 7 when authorities say a confused Seitz forgot to take Benjamin to day care and left him in the car for more than seven hours, Hearst Connecticut Media ( ) reported Friday. Temperatures that day hit the upper 80s.

Seitz was arraigned Wednesday on a misdemeanor negligent homicide charge. He didn't enter a plea and is free on bail until his next court date, which was scheduled for Nov. 21.

"He fully believed he had already dropped off (Benjamin) at day care," the arrest warrant said.

Instead, Seitz drove to work with his son in the back. Co-workers said he spent the morning working as usual, even making a quick trip in the car to a sandwich shop, not realizing Benjamin was in the back.

He returned to work for the rest of the day.

His wife showed up with their two daughters to surprise him and ask him to lunch, but he was too busy. She did not notice where his car was parked in the company lot.

After work, at about 5 p.m., Seitz drove to the day care to pick up his son but was told the child had not been dropped off.

"He began thinking he might have been confused and that they had kept Benjamin home due to the extended holiday weekend," the arrest warrant said.

In the parking lot, he saw his son in the car seat through the window.

"He felt shock and terror," according to the warrant.


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